The Bible and Wikipedia tell us that King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon made a large golden statue and wanted everybody to bow to it. Not wanting to violate the First Commandment, three Jews names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t bow, so Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the furnace. Even though the furnace was so hot that it killed even the soldiers who were throwing them in, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were able to walk around inside with no problem, completely unhurt. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to admit that their God was very powerful, and he declared that saying anything against the God of the Jews was an act of war.
Much later, the Beastie Boys made a song.
Scholars in Jerusalem have been working for 53 years, studying source materials for the Old Testament. As we already know, the Bible has evolved quite a bit through the years, and the work of these scholars illustrates that.
[T]he ongoing work of the academic detectives of the Bible Project, as their undertaking is known, shows that this text at the root of Judaism, Christianity and Islam was somewhat fluid for long periods of its history, and that its transmission through the ages was messier and more human than most of us imagine.
The Book of Jeremiah is now one-seventh longer than the one that appears in some of the 2,000-year-old manuscripts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Some verses, including ones containing a prophecy about the seizure and return of Temple implements by Babylonian soldiers, appear to have been added after the events happened.
From The Associated Press, via The Dish.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has has come up with a new translation of the Bible that changes, among other things, the word “booty” to “spoils”. Which we know is not a big deal, considering all the editing, interpretation, and retranslation that went into creating all our current versions of the Bible.
Via The Morning News.